CalWORKs Diversion Program
Do you need assistance, but do not want to go on cash aid?
Then you may be eligible for a CalWORKs Diversion payment.
If you need help with the following:
- Finding a job
- Job training
- Child care
- Car repairs
- Finding a place to live
- Rent or house payments
- Home repairs
- Utility payments
- Reading, writing, and learning English
- Other needs
You may choose to get a Diversion payment at the time of your cash-aid application. You may also be eligible for Medi-Cal, child care assistance and CalFresh.
In order to be eligible for the diversion program you must:
- Apply for CalWORKs
- Choose to participate in the Diversion Program rather than receiving cash aid.
- Be apparently eligible for CalWORKs
- Have, or have the potential for, ongoing income to meet your needs.
- Have a one-time expense that needs paid.
- Provide verification of your employment situation, need, identity and any other verification requested.
After you have applied for cash-aid, the county will tell you if you would be eligible for the Diversion program.
- If you choose to get a Diversion payment instead of cash-aid, you will get a denial notice for cash-aid and an approval notice for the diversion program.
- Your cash-aid may be lowered or the amount of time you can get cash-aid may be reduced if you receive aid later.
If you are interested, discuss the Diversion program with your Human Service Technician and Employment Social Service Worker.